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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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(Im)Moral Technology? Thought Experiments and the Future of ‘Mind Control’

(p.113) 3.2 Commentary
The Future of Bioethics

Robert Sparrow

Oxford University Press

In their article, Savulescu, Douglas, and Persson defend the ethical propriety of enhancing moral capacity and technologically manipulating human morality (i.e., moral technology; hereafter referred to as “MT”). This commentary offers critical analysis of the debate on how MT has affected human freedom and autonomy with reference to the concept of ‘the self.’ They suggest that, if one agreed that MT violates human freedom or autonomy to some extent, then it would be constructive to consider what has justified the use of MT. As in the setting of public health practice, restraints on individual autonomy and freedom might be accepted in the pursuit of social benefit. Thus, the ethical propriety of MT should be considered from the perspectives similar to those of public health practice.

Keywords:   Autonomy, freedom, virtue, moral enhancement, neuroethics, the concept of ‘the self’

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